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Lithuania Marks 25th Anniversary Of Independence

Lithuania has marked the 25th anniversary of its declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in celebrations overshadowed by Moscow's intervention in Ukraine.

Lithuanian independence leader Vytautas Landsbergis told lawmakers on March 11 not to take freedom for granted or "our success story may soon become a temporary success story."

Current President Dalia Grybauskaite urged Lithuanians to show strength and courage as "the rattle of the guns is heard" from the east.

Lithuania, now a member of NATO and the European Union, became the first Soviet republic to declare independence on March 11, 1990.

But it only achieved its freedom over a year later after a failed communist coup in Moscow.

Based on reporting by AP